Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has snapped up some very intriguing new stars in recent weeks, including Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, and Dane DeHaan, but today’s addition is a familiar face. Martin Sheen has revealed that he will reprise his role as Uncle Ben in the sequel, which begins filming early next year. The role reunites him with co-stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, who play Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Gwen Stacey. More details after the jump.

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As the Bluths and the Munsters prepare to come back to TV, it looks like SAMCRO and the MacLaren’s gang may be on their way out. After the jump:

  • Here’s Michael Cera on the Arrested Development set
  • More details on the Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane
  • Modern Family‘s adults get their raises, kids want the same
  • FX renews Louie and probably Wilfred and Justified
  • Anger Management gets Martin Sheen, many more episodes
  • FX’s Sons of Anarchy will likely end after Season 7
  • How I Met Your Mother will treat Season 8 like it’s the last
  • … which means releasing a new original soundtrack, apparently
  • CBS unveils posters for Elementary, Vegas, and more

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In truth, the biggest problem with Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t even really its own fault. But the fact that this reboot comes just five short years after the end of Sam Raimi‘s previous Spider-Man trilogy looms over the whole endeavor, making it difficult not to compare the two.

It’s a damn shame. Because while Webb’s film isn’t as seamlessly put together as Raimi’s first two were, it has its own funny little rough-hewn charms. Had there been more space between the earlier Spider-Man movies and this new reboot, it might’ve felt lively and fresh. As it is, The Amazing Spider-Man is good, but not quite good enough to justify retelling the story again so soon.

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Yesterday Sony invited a handfull of press to the studio lot to present an advance screening of the new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man (watch it now online here). Director Marc Webb wanted us to see the trailer on the big screen, and experience the 3D aspects of the trailer. After the trailer screening, Webb took some questions from our group. He was only supposed to answer a few questions, but ended up sticking around for 20 minutes worth before he got dragged back to post production.

Webb talks about the negative response to the teaser trailer’s POV footage, how he brought The Lizard to life using different technologies, keeping the characters and relationships grounded, how Peter will discover his powers, his approach to the humor in the film, casting Dennis Leary as an authority figure, some of the more impressive 3D effects, uncle Ben’s death, the pressure to deliver an iconic Spider-Man kiss, the film’s running time, how much of the global Spider-Man universe we see in this story, his involvement in the script for the Sequel, and advances in technology like 3D and 48 frames per second.Read the entire transcript after the jump.

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After a decade of false starts on the big screen, an adaptation Jonathan Franzen‘s The Corrections looked to finally be making some headway on the small screen. HBO began developing it as a series with producer Scott Rudin last fall, and quickly signed director Noah Baumbach as well as a high-profile cast including Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest. The novel, which won the National Book Award in 2001, centers around an elderly couple and three adult children as they gather for “one last Christmas” near the turn of the millennium.

But alas, it seems this incarnation of the project isn’t going anywhere, either. After viewing the pilot, the premium cable has chosen to pass on the series. While HBO apparently liked the episode and the performances, it was concerned about the long-term sustainability of the premise. The book’s plot jumps back and forth through time, filling in the characters’ backstories, and HBO worried that it would be difficult for viewers to follow. The decision was not related to this week’s straight-to-series order of True Detective; with Luck off its plate, HBO would have had the resources to do both. [Deadline]

After the jump, the West Wing gang prove they’ve still got their walk-and-talk skills.

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Sony has unveiled the official website for The Amazing Spider-Man, with several new images, character descriptions, a synopsis, and yes, the promise of more Spider-Man. It’s not surprising that the studio’s been working hard to market this film, but it is nice that most of what we’ve seen so far looks pretty good, with the website being no exception. And it’s even better to see further proof that, yes, Marc Webb‘s Amazing Spider-Man really and truly is more than just a retread of Sam Raimi’s trilogy from the ’00s. More after the jump.

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If you have any interest at all in seeing The Double, in which Richard Gere plays a former CIA operative partnered with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to hunt down the head of a Russian ring of assassins, I’d say skip this trailer. Because in less than three minutes it might not show you the full movie — there has to be more to The Double than this — but it sure feels like it does. If you’re not that invested, or just morbidly curious as to how a trailer can be totally artless, then carry on past the jump. Read More »

Hey, you know that Wonder Woman series we’ve all been worried about? One lucky comic book fan actually got to watch an early cut of the pilot, and from the sounds of it, most of our fears are totally justified. After the jump, highlights from this first, very early review, plus quotes about The Amazing Spider-Man from Martin Sheen (a.k.a. Peter Parker’s dear Uncle Ben) and future plans from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

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